Most Admired Wine Brands

CLASS sister publication Drinks International has unveiled The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands 2021, celebrating critically acclaimed mainstream and fine wines in the same list.


The brands were chosen by an academy made up of the world’s leading wine experts, including buyers, sommeliers, wholesalers, bar owners, Masters of Wine, writers and educators from 48 countries.

Familia Torres from Spain took the number one spot in the rankings after impressing the MAW academy with the quality and consistency of its wines. It also was awarded the Most Admired Wine Brand in Europe.

Catena, a family-owned winery in Mendoza with a reputation for producing some of the world’s finest Malbec, finished second, retaining its crown as the Most Admired Wine Brand in South America.

Another Spanish brand, Vega Sicilia, finished third. Australian brand Henschke was fourth, taking the regional award for the Most Admired Wine Brand in Australasia. Chilean powerhouse Concha y Toro completed the top five positions.

Europe was the clear winner in terms of region, contributing 29 brands to the list, led by France with 11 brands, Spain with eight and Italy with six.

The highest new entry this year was Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, which entered the list for the first time at number 7. Sicilian brand Planeta was the highest climber after rising 22 places year-on-year to number 17.

At number 10, Lebanon’s Chateau Musar was named the Most Admired Wine Brand from the Middle East and Africa, while Ridge from California was named the Most Admired Wine Brand from North America after ranking 22nd on the list.

Drinks International editor Martin Green said: “The Most Admired Wine Brands 2021 highlights the most iconic, exciting and innovative producers in the world.

“To win a place on this prestigious list is a tremendous achievement. There are thousands of wine brands vying for attention around the world, but just 50 elite icons have made the cut.

“Congratulations to all of the brands featured this year. They have earned the respect of hundreds of wine professionals and experts spread across the globe, and they have now gained the ultimate stamp of quality.

“Strong brands will play a vital role in leading the wine trade to a healthy future as the world emerges from Covid-19 lockdowns. The wineries featured on this list act as regional champions, category signposts and industry leaders, and they have the potential to steer the wine trade into a new Roaring Twenties.”

This is the 11th year in which Drinks International has compiled its definitive guide to The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands. It features a vibrant mix of Old World classics, ambitious New World producers and high-volume brands that offer exceptional value for money.

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Here is the list in full:

1 Familia Torres, Spain

2 Catena, Argentina

3 Vega Sicilia, Spain

4 Henschke, Australia

5 Concha y Toro, Chile

6 Penfolds, Australia

7 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, France

8 CVNE, Spain

9 Antinori, Italy

10 Château Musar, Lebanon

11 E. Guigal, France

12 Château Lafite, France

13 Errazuriz, Chile

14 Felton Road, New Zealand

15 Villa Maria, New Zealand

16 Yalumba, Australia

17 Planeta, Italy

18 Château Cheval Blanc, France

19 M. Chapoutier, France

20 Château d’Yquem, France

21 Ridge, USA

22 Symington, Portugal

23 Château Petrus, France

24 Frescobaldi, Italy

25 Château Palmer, France

26 Gaja, Italy

27 Montes, Chile

28 Cono Sur, Chile

29 Jackson Family Wines, USA

30 Craggy Range, New Zealand

31 Château Margaux, France

32 Campo, Viejo Spain

33 Château Haut-Brion, France

34 Nederburg, South Africa

35 Château Mouton-Rothschild, France

36 Bruce Jack, South Africa

37 Bodegas Abadal, Spain

38 Esporão, Portugal

39 Gallo Family Vineyards, USA

40 Sassicaia, Italy

41 Louis Latour, France

42 McGuigan, Australia

43 Ramón Bilbao, Spain

44 Oyster Bay, New Zealand

45 Royal Tokaji, Hungary

46 Beringer, USA

47 Raventós Cordoníu, Spain

48 Santa Rita, Chile

49 Tignanello, Italy

50 La Rioja Alta, Spain